The Crown: these 10 milestones that must be discussed in the Netflix series in episodes 5 and 6 – News Series

Elizabeth II will be more than central to seasons 5 and 6 of The Crown (expected for the premiere next November). The series will be scrutinized more than ever after the Queen’s death.

Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8. Her character is the heart and soul of Netflix’s The Crown. Since the demise of Monarque, the series has been at the top of the most watched programs on the platform. Subscribers may want to know more about someone who has reigned for 70 years, or to pay him a final tribute. Elizabeth II will once again be at the center of season 5 and 6 of The Crown, where she will be played by Imelda Staunton. These new episodes should also deal with the most difficult years of his reign, which we quote here:

The annus horribilis

In a speech to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of her accession to the throne, Queen Elizabeth II called 1992 “d’annus horribilis” (“terrible year” in Latin)most certainly in reference toAnnus Mirabilis by the poet John Dryden. It must be said that the year in question did not save the sovereign especially the divorce of his children Anne and Andrew but also the official announcement of the separation of the couple formed by Charles and Diana, which coincided with the publication of the shock. work “Diana: in her words” (See below).

Long remembered, the formula has since been taken by financial experts to describe a bad year from an economic point of view.

Diana’s shocking revelations

In 1992, journalist Andrew Morton published a biography about Diana, titled Diana, Her True Story. This complete and referenced book was adapted the following year into a TV show by the same name with Serena Scott Thomas in Diana’s skin. After Diana’s death, Andrew Morton reissued his book with more Diana revelations and titled it Diana Told by Herself. The book caused a scandal at the time, as did the explosive interview Diana gave to Martin Bashir on the BBC in November 1995.

In her living room at Kensington Palace, the Princess of Wales candidly confessed and reconciled with her husband Charles, revealing his extramarital affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, and the royal family. It was in this interview that he launched this famous passage: “We are three in this marriage”. After this interview, Queen Elizabeth II asked the couple to officially separate. These two major scandals should logically appear in the next episodes of The Crown.


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Fire at Windsor Castle

“The annus horribilis” mentioned by Elizabeth II also refers to the fire at Windsor Castle, a tragic incident with disastrous consequences for the royal family, especially for the economy. The staggering cost of the work also led to a lively controversy across the Channel, with a large part of the British press believing that it was up to the Queen to take her personal fortune, and not the public one. money, to spend on site restoration. . In the end it was decided to open Buckingham Palace to the public to fund the reconstruction of the castle (estimated at over 37 million pounds!)

It should be noted that in the same year, Conservative Prime Minister John Mayor re-launched the reform project that reintroduced income tax under the royal family (which had not been involved since the reign of George V), a decree officially entered into effective June. 6, 1993.

The victory of Tony Blair and the death of Lady Di

John Major’s government in the 1990s was criticized, Tony Blair, leader of the Labor Party, easily won the election in May 1997 and became at 43 the youngest Prime Minister since Lord Liverpool in 1812. Between 1997 and 2007, Tony Blair became three governments. Like the former Prime Ministers featured in The Crown, Tony Blair should logically appear in the series and face Queen Elizabeth II in their hearings.

In the same year, Lady Di died in a car accident. On the night of August 30-31, 1997, Diana Spencer and her former partner Dodi Al-Fayed left the Ritz in Paris and tried to escape the paparazzi with bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones in their car in driver, Henri Paul, who is very alcoholic. The accident happened in the tunnel under the Alma bridge. Dodi Al-Fayed and Henri Paul died instantly while Diana Spencer died a few hours later in hospital. Only Trevor Rees-Jones escaped unharmed. The death of Diana Spencer was an international shock that her state funeral in London on September 6, 1997 gathered more than three million people and moved the whole world. It is impossible for The Crown to forget this terrible event.


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The election of Nelson Mandela in South Africa

Apartheid was briefly touched upon in Season 4 to highlight Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s ideological clashes with the more progressive ideas of Elizabeth II. Yet it seems strange that the election of Nelson Mandela to the presidency of South Africa was not addressed The Crown ; especially since the former political prisoner and the sovereign remained close friends, to the point that the latter – great-grandson of a Thembu king – did not hesitate to shake the protocol by calling himself equal to the queen. A habit that somehow hurts the latter, on the contrary.

The wave of attacks in the 2000s

On September 11, 2001, the United States was hit by devastating attacks carried out by members of Al-Qaeda, which set the country back. The Pentagon was targeted as well as the two towers of the World Trade Center which were hit by two hijacked planes. The twin towers collapsed soon after, causing thousands of deaths. These first attacks launched a wave of terrorist attacks in many countries around the world, especially in the United Kingdom. On July 7, 2005, four explosions affected public transport in London and killed 56 people and injured more than 700.

The suicide bombings, carried out by Islamist terrorists, come on the opening day of the G8 summit in Scotland and the day after London was named host of the 2012 Summer Olympics. The British people received support from the government and Queen Elizabeth II, all the more protected by the army, who declared: “Such atrocities strengthen our sense of community, our humanity, our faith in the rule of law”.

The meeting between Kate and William

A true awakening fairy tale, the story of Kate Middleton and Prince William is above all an iconic couple. The future spouses met in 2001 at the University of Saint Andrews; love at first sight was instant, and their relationship became formal at the end of 2003. Well publicized, the couple nevertheless separated to everyone’s surprise, before reforming a few months later . After eight years of marriage, Prince William and Kate Middleton celebrated their union on April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey, in the presence of the royal family and an impressive audience of prestigious guests.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee

In 2002, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated 50 years on the throne of the United Kingdom and seven other countries, since the death of her father, King George VI, in 1952. Despite the death of the Queen Mother and her brother that girl, Princess Margaret, Queen. Elizabeth II continued the festivities thus defying media predictions that saw this Golden Jubilee as a non-event. Queen Elizabeth II attended all official celebrations and toured all the countries where her reign was effective with her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. This important event should be featured in future seasons of The Crown, as well as all the important dates of Elizabeth II’s reign.

Death of Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother

Annus horribilis, bis repetita. Ten years after the difficult year 1992, Queen Elizabeth II is going through an equally trying year on a personal level for the 50th anniversary of her accession to the throne. On February 9, his sister Princess Margaret died of a series of cerebral vascular accidents, due to her excessive alcohol and tobacco use; just a few weeks later, Queen Mother Elizabeth also died at the age of 101, due to natural causes.


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Due to his old age, the Tay Bridge protocol, the code name given to the plan accompanying the announcement of his death, was prepared to be triggered at any time for almost two decades! Remember that there is a protocol for each member of the royal family, all named after London bridges (Queen Elizabeth II’s code name is ‘London bridge’).

Prince Harry at the heart of a controversy

Considered a rebel in the royal family with the same spirit and kindness as his late mother Diana, Prince Harry is well-loved by the British people. But the young man, in a turbulent relationship with Chelsy Davy in the early 2000s, found himself at the center of a scandal in January 2005. Photos of him wearing the uniform of Nazi exposed in the press. Harry would later apologize for this choice to disguise bad taste for a drunken night. This scandal will bring to light the troubled past of Edward VIII, his great-uncle, who died in 1972. The latter was actually very close to the Nazis before and after he abdicated the throne of England in favor of his brother George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II.

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